Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2-22-17 Student Mission Briefing

For Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – “N” day
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!
School Ops:
·      The L&N STEM PTSA is having a T-shirt design contest and we need lots of entries.... there's a $50 prize for the winning shirt design!...plus a free T-shirt!  T-shirt will be screen printed in 2 colors (max) on a color shirt and have the L&N school crest on the front left chest. The design will be featured on the back of the shirt.  Design should be something that represents our school or its culture.  The shirts with the winning design will be made available to our current STEM family as well as incoming freshmen this Spring.

Artists may submit their entries in color to ptsa.lnstem@gmail.com
Please include your name, a brief artist's statement, your suggested shirt color and two ink colors (black and white count when on a color shirt). Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 pm, Monday, March 6. Winner will be chosen by the PTSA board of managers.

·      Students – thanks for the great talent on display at Open Mic night last Friday!   Knox County CTE holds a systemwide competition called “CTE Goes Live” in May.  It is held in front of a live audience on Market Square.  We need to select our representative from the L&N.  To be considered, you need to upload a video of you singing – has to be individuals (no groups) singing (no instrumentals only) – then send Mrs. Ashe the link to your video.  We will send out a ballot and vote in Advisory on Friday, March 3.

·      Jaylen Baylock and Alexander Yarkhan were recently in the News Sentinel for participating in the Knoxville Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy.  They will be presenting their business ideas to a local panel.  Jaylen's project is called Heart-to-Heart, a community building, story-sharing website.  Alexander's is called RefugeeLikeMe, a website to humanize refugees and raise funds for local refugee agencies. Congrats to both Gryphons modeling that innovative Gryphon spirit!

·      Ever wonder what it would be like to travel around the world? What if you could do it in one day? Well it turns out you can! STEM Around the World is an amazing event where you can come and explore the continents and try their food! This is all going on February 25th, but the senior class needs your help! This Friday, February 24th, we need your help in setting up this event. Please help out if you can!

·      Our Model UN delegations received 3 awards and passed numerous resolutions into General Assembly at this weekend's VOLMUN II conference.
o   Hyatt Christenberry received Best Delegate for the Economic and Social Committee. 
o   Haley Folsom and Gregory Croisdale received Honorable Mention for Best Delegate in the Social and Humanitarian Committee.

·      Come on out to February's SOPHMORE CLASS Social @ the Knoxville Ice Bears game on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm. We have been able to reserve an L&N section of seating, tickets will be sold starting tomorrow for $14. Ticket price includes a voucher for free hat! Please see a Sophomore class board member to get more information – look for them at lunch today on the plaza to buy tickets – available for anyone, not just sophomores!

·      What do Anne Hathaway, Barack Obama, Usher, Walter Payton and Tim Childers have in common?  They sang in their high school choir!  Any students interested in participating in a choir at L&N for the 2017-2018 school year should fill out this form to be added to an email list by February 28.  https://goo.gl/forms/8ZCbp7Qz9kDz6zZG3  Auditions for Ensemble will be in March.

·      We are in the last week of yearbook sales! You have until Friday, February 24th to order yours for $70- after that, we MAY have a limited number of copies available for purchase on distribution day for $80, but order yours ASAP to make sure you get a copy!

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      All graduating L&N seniors are encouraged to apply for the Merlin Scholarship and the The Rebekah Ellis Honorary Scholarship for Service each worth $1,000. One winner for each will be selected and announced at the awards night in April.  All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 7.   Follow this link to learn more about the scholarships, essay prompts and to apply.

·      Little Systers: An Event for High School Girls
Event Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2017 - 10am - 4pm
Location:  Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Min Kao Building, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Little Systers is a free event for high school girls (9th through 12th grade) to learn the basics about Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science; opportunities you could have with these degrees; and how to be successful as a woman in engineering.   During this event participants will attend many different sessions, lunch will be provided for participants, no experience is required, and it is completely free. This event will inform and inspire high school girls about possibilities for their future!  Find out more by clicking here.

Quote of the day from Mahatma Gandhi:

Strength does not come from physical capacity.  It comes from an indomitable will.

Practice L&N Habits every day: Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Innovation, Inquiry, & Design
L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, US News & World Report Gold Medal 2016, Newsweek’s Top 500 “Beating the Odds” school

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